This no rain this summer and unseasonably high temperatures, the only good thing is that there are hardly any mosquitos.  I think I’ve had one mosquito bite all year.  However, with the good, sometimes comes the bad.  FLIES.

I think its probably because our garbage sits in sweltering heat for a week before being picked up, but the flies have been unbelievable.  Tony happened to be talking to his son about the flies and living in Texas, he said he had the same problem.  He suggested we get a fly trap that you hang about 20 feet from the back door.

Sure enough within a couple days, the thing was FILLED with flies.  The fly trap stuff fills about the bottom two inches of the bag – there is about 3-4 inches of dead flies on top of that (thousands!) and they still can’t stay away.

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All I know is that when its time to take it down and replace it?  I am going to let Tony take on that wonderful task.  I am a giver like that. Open-mouthed smile  And if you are eating your breakfast reading this, you’re welcome. Rolling on the floor laughing

Tony was going to have to be out of the house for work yesterday, and on the days when we are both gone, I try to get Ed out on a walk.  The sad thing he’s getting so old the walks are painfully slow.  So we “walked” for 30 minutes to the river and back.


It was a phone picture, so it’s not that great.  This is one of my favorite pictures of the river I took in November 2009.  Blog reader Teresa even asked me if she could have the picture and she blew it up and had it framed and it’s now in her dining room. Open-mouthed smile


Yesterday’s breakfast was I guess what you could call a hash – 5 ounces of new potato, once chopped zucchini, 2 ounces deli ham and a scrambled egg – on the side was a cup of delicious cantaloupe. 

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I had to run some more errands at lunch today – check out the temps at noon yesterday!  Eek – I already have over 1300 miles on my car!


On Sunday night Tony and I had seared ahi tuna with some noodles.  We both couldn’t finish the tuna it was so much, so I decided to make a cold salad with the leftovers.

One cup mixed baby greens, 3/4 cup cooked pasta, 1 carrot and 1 zucchini, that I sauteed ahead of time so they were tender crisp, and one of my new favorite salad dressings:  Trader Joe’s light Champagne vinaigrette.

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I have to be honest though – while I was out running errands my eyes kept seeing all my other alternatives to my healthy salad:  Lily’s Mexican restaurant, Nick’s Pizza, KFC.   I kept telling myself “just go back to the office and eat the damn lunch you made!”

And I am so glad I did – this salad was delicious!

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I am so glad that I have gotten used to having tuna look like that – the first time Tony made it for me I made him cook it until the whole thing was grey! Embarrassed smile

I picked up a cut of meat at the grocery store that I am confident I’ve never brought home before – but the price got me – turkey cutlets!

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I ended up making turkey cutlet Milanese – just dipped the cutlets into liquid egg whites, then a mixture of seasoned bread crumbs and a couple tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.  I Pam/Butter fried them – probably used a tablespoon of butter between the two.  Since these were so thin, it only took about 2-3 minutes a side.

I made new potato mashed potatoes (because I was lazy and didn’t want to peel potatoes!) with some packaged gravy mix on top.  It’s weird that since its been so hot, its too hot to grill!

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I also am kind of tired of counting every single calorie.  I pretty much know how many carbs are in a particular meal to manage my insulin intake, so I think I am going to take a break from it for a while.  I know what I should be eating and doing, it’s just a question of putting that practice into place.

Maybe if I stop over analyzing everything and just live, the scale will move in the right direction.  All I know is that I have to stop snacking at night.  I never used to eat after dinner, but somehow these last couple months I find myself looking for something to eat around 9:00 p.m., even though 9/10 I am not even hungry.

So my kitchen is now going to be closed after dinner.  The only thing I will allow myself to eat if I am actually hungry is fruit or veggies.

It’s 77 degrees this morning and raining, but should taper off by lunch time.  My plan is to get out at lunch for 50 minutes, and I am actually looking forward to it!

Make it a great day!